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A relief for players but a warning statement for clubs issued by Players’ Association

The Italian Players’ Association will not support clubs that will avoid paying their employees, just for its financial benefits, according to a statement.

A series of decisions was passed yesterday by FIGC, including measures to help Series A, B, and C clubs tackle the financial challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a trial to loosen up the constraints that restrict the club from registering for the new season if they don’t give their employees in full payment. The player’s Association (AIC) stresses that it leaves loopholes that can be taken advantage of.

“The AIC today analyzed the Federation rulings and shared our great shock and embarrassment at the decisions made,” read a statement according to Football Italia.

“There is immense disappointment in learning that clubs from all professional levels of the game can register for the 2020-21 season even if they only paid one month’s salary during the period March-June 2020.”

“These are plans that we simply cannot accept and will damage the financial security of most professional football players in Italy.”

“The Federation intends to check in August only that the clubs have paid salaries for March, April, and May 2020, with the provision that for March and April, they only need to prove that May 2020 was paid.”

“This is frankly a stretch, seeing as in March there were games in all three professional divisions, while during the lockdown all the athletes continued to undergo daily training sessions from home on the indications of their club.”

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A relief for players but a warning statement for clubs issued by Players’ Association

The problem is that the clubs benefit from the uncertainty in the event of a strike from players and staff, which would be especially detrimental to those in Serie C who do not receive as much as in the top flight.

“In light of this, the Players’ Association hopes to see the adoption of a system that favors collective agreements that can resolve problems rather than foment legal action.”

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